We came into Portland to see my cousin and his band and wanted to find a hotel within walking distance of the jazz club. Came across the Benson on Expedia and although it was a busy weekend, we were able to acquire a room. We were pleasantly surprised. We began our stay with wine tasting in the lobby - which was exactly what we needed following the drive from Seattle. The bed was very comfortable and we slept like rocks! Although the bathroom was a little small, the shower was great and did the trick.
Would highly recommend this hotel and we will definitely be back!
They need a dedicated concierge....front desk was of little help discussing restaurant options. They did not bring luggage to the room when we checked in...we found it next to front desk/retrieved it. Should dress up 11th street entrance.
My kids will never want to go anywhere else in Portland to stay after the warm reception with a stuffed animal gift. They certainly don't need another stuffed animal but it made them feel special and excited to be there. The location was great for us as we prefer to park the car and walk. We walked to a nice dinner at Rogue Brew pub.
My only complaint is something that is immediately obvious when you sit on a toilet: whether it has a round seat (i.e., smaller) or an elongated seat (i.e. larger). With one exception, every hotel that I've been to over the past 10 years has elongated seats in their guest rooms. That one exception is the Nine's Hotel.
It seems to me that a hotel of the Nine's caliber should have spent a little more money on elongated toilets/seats to ensure guest comfort while they're...well, you know. You can have a good laugh about this review but, if you're a guy, you know what I mean and you appreciate the extra space of an elongated toilet seat.
This was a rookie design mistake that the Nine's should fix in its next hotel room redesign.
West of the Willamette River, downtown offers a celebrated skyline, walkable streets, and a lively arts scene. Visitors shop tax-free at Powell’s Books and Portland Saturday Market, a craft lover’s paradise. Area festivals include Cinco de Mayo and the Oregon Brewer’s Festival. The Oregon Zoo, the swank Pearl District, and the inviting Pioneer Courthouse Square are other noteworthy attractions.